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People enter the Adobe Systems Inc. office in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)
People enter the Adobe Systems Inc. office in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Adobe beats expectations, shares rise Add to ...

Software maker Adobe Systems Inc. released quarterly results that beat Wall Street projections, sending its shares up 3 per cent.

The positive surprise came a month after the company announced plans to lay off 7 per cent of its staff as it cut back on investment in some products and halted development of its Flash Player for mobile browsers, surrendering in a long-running war with Apple Inc. over emerging Web standards.

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The world’s biggest maker of design software posted a profit, excluding items, of 67 cents per share for the fourth quarter, which ended Dec. 2. That beat the average forecast of 60 cents. Quarterly revenue rose 14 per cent from a year earlier to $1.15-billion, ahead of the average forecast of $1.09-billion.

Shares of Adobe closed at $26.46 on Nasdaq and rose 3 per cent to $27.26 in extended trading.

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